BRISBANE Archbishop Mark Coleridge has extended a “glad welcome” to the Dalai Lama who will take part in a multi-faith event in St Stephen’s Cathedral on June 11.
“From his early life, the Dalai Lama has been a controversial figure caught up in the drama of Tibet, especially in its relations with China,” the Archbishop said.
“Inevitably he has been drawn into politics, but that is not where his true strength lies.”
Archbishop Coleridge said the Dalai Lama’s strength had always been in the spiritual realm.
“Through all the turmoil the Dalai Lama has shown a serenity of spirit and a quality of humanity, which have marked him as a spiritual leader,” he said.
Archbishop Coleridge said that, at the multi-faith event in St Stephen’s Cathedral where the Dalai Lama would meet with religious leaders and many others, all political difficulties would be set aside.
“We look beyond politics and ideology to greet a man who comes in peace,” he said.